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I may be 70% done with the first chapter on my webtoon. Which is called "Geisha Epic" by the way. So it means I'm close to uploading this on webtoons.com and Tapas.
Which brings up the question, when will I upload chapter 2? How often will I update?
And most webtoon artists will say, weekly is the best. It's a good rule of thumb or is the industry standard.
And I don't agree with that.
The one chapter a week thing started in Japan with Shonen Jump. A magazine containing manga.
Any Japanese manga artist who wants to succeed needs to be published in Shonen Jump. That's the only way their manga will get popular.
This was before the Internet age.
Since Japanese manga artists needed Shonen Jump more than the other way around they had no choice but to follow the rules of Shonen Jump.
And that is to release a chapter a week because it's a weekly magazine.
And that is the only reason why one chapter a week became the industry standard for Asian comics. There is no other reason.
It's not like Shonen Jump did a scientific study that showed one chapter a week is the optimal schedule for human beings to read manga. It's just because they're a weekly magazine.
So why release a chapter a week? Why not every two weeks? Or every month? There are manga out there that update monthly.
Why do webtoon artists outside Japan who don't need Shonen Jump, who don't need a big publisher anymore because it's the Internet age and you can self-publish, why are you still following that rule? When you don't have to?
You can publish anytime you want. Every day, every week, every two weeks, every month, every year, it doesn't matter.
Just don't think that it has to be every week because that's the best practice or whatever.
Now I know webtoons.com pretty much copied this from Shonen Jump. They also give out contracts to good artists where they get paid a lot of money but have to make one chapter a week. Which is fine. I actually have no problem with that because you get paid.
And that's the thing, it's okay if you're getting paid.
So you who is probably a part-time webtoon artist, who is just doing this on the side and is not making money from it, why are you following this one chapter a week rule? At least get paid for it right? Stop making it hard for yourself.
But why is a week not enough to make one chapter? How many weeks is needed to make a chapter?
Actually, seven days is enough to make one chapter. But seven days is not enough to make one QUALITY chapter.
Any comic artist can put out a chapter a week. It's easy. Just cut corners. Lower the quality for one. Make it black and white. Don't draw backgrounds anymore. Stop adding details to drawings. Cut down the page count and so on.
The problem is when you want a quality chapter in one week.
It's like wanting a big house that is also cheap. The fastest car but it has to be cheap. The best smartphone but it has to be cheap. It's not possible. You usually get what you pay for.
It's like this, a great story, good looking art, updates twice a week. Choose two. You can only choose two. You can't have all three.
So you have a webtoon that updates twice a week and has a great story but bad art or a webtoon with a great story, great art, but doesn't update regularly. You can't have it all in life.
I will admit though that nowadays readers are expecting one chapter a week whether it be manga, webtoons, manhua, whatever. They demand weekly chapters.
Again it's Shonen Jump who drilled this into our heads that comics should come out weekly. But it doesn't.
To answer the question, what will be my update schedule for "Geisha Epic"? Every two weeks or every four weeks. I think that suits my lifestyle, schedule, and art style just fine.
Because that's the point of self-publishing right? You call the shots.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on this. Comment them below.
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